Work has started on a $27 million rehabilitation hospital in Dayton, which is the latest in a series of projects by Premier Health.
Premier Health and Encompass Health broke ground late last week on the new Rehabilitation Institute of Ohio, a joint venture that will have 60 inpatient beds.
Encompass Health now has a location called HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital, which is at Elizabeth Place’s campus on Dayton’s west side and will move to the new location by Miami Valley Hospital’s campus.
“This space may be steel and dirt for now; but in spring 2020, this will be a place where patients will discover hope and restored independence,” said Lynne Blinco, CEO of the future inpatient rehabilitation hospital.
The Dayton Daily News was the first to report the project, which was announced in March.
The freestanding inpatient rehabilitation hospital will open at the corner of South Main and West Apple streets, by the Miami Valley Hospital campus and fairgrounds.
The project is contracted to architect Gresham Smith, Doster Construction and Admiral Engineering. A previous estimate called the hospital a $24 million construction project, but that estimate has since been updated to $27 million.
The freestanding inpatient rehabilitation hospital will have a therapy gym, an in-house pharmacy, a dialysis suite for patients needing dialysis services during their stay, a courtyard, a dining room and day room areas.
“(The) groundbreaking begins a new chapter in Miami Valley Hospital’s long history of providing quality inpatient rehabilitation services for patients in the Dayton region,” said Mike Maiberger, president of Miami Valley Hospital.
Encompass Health has a location called HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital, which is now at Elizabeth Place’s campus on Dayton’s west side and will move to the new location by Miami Valley Hospital’s campus.
Dayton-based Premier Health, the parent company of Miami Valley Hospital, has been expanding and renovating the flagship hospital.
In September, the hospital announced it was building out the 10th and 11th floors of its southeast tower, which were left empty space in 2010 to leave room for expansion.
The hospital opened an upgraded 36-bed neuroscience advanced care unit on the 10th floor and an upgraded 36-bed neuroscience intensive care unit on the 11th floor.
Premier also jointly owns the former fairgrounds property with University of Dayton and the two are in the early stages of planning a redevelopment of the 38-acre property.